Rebecca Fox

Call for ORC action

Call for ORC action

Worries an Environment Court decision allowing a family to build on a flood-prone section at Karitane could set a legal precedent has most Otago regional councillors urging the organisation to not let the matter drop.

Risks and costs

Local bodies could be seen to be neglectful if they did not use the information they had on flood risks to prevent development intensifying in flood-prone areas, a University of Otago lecturer says.

Stuck in the mire

Stuck in the mire

In April 2006, local authorities and emergency services swung into action to help the occupants of dozens of homes flooded on the Taieri Plain. Questions were asked about why houses had been built in a flood zone.

Forum plans 'a bit ambitious'

Forums on the "far-reaching" changes proposed in the way the Otago Regional Council deals with water quality are struggling to attract their target audience - farmers.

Chairman stepping down from conservation board

Otago Conservation Board chairman Hoani Langsbury has not put himself forward for another term on the board.

Downpour after drought in April

Otago may have been declared to be in drought in early April but by the end of the month some towns in the region had received their first significant rainfall in nearly a year.

35 submissions on ORC annual plan

With one working day to go before draft annual plan submissions close, the Otago Regional Council has only received about 35.

Couple win appeal on low-lying house plan

Couple win appeal on low-lying house plan

An Otago Regional Council attempt to stop a Karitane couple from building a home in a flood-prone area has failed, with the Environment Court saying there comes a point where a consent authority should not be "paternalistic".

Good weather for the duck shooters

Ideal duck-shooting weather is expected for opening day tomorrow, but high river levels in some parts of Otago may mean some maimais are inaccessible or flooded.

Frog study missing vital ingredient - frogs

Frog study missing vital ingredient - frogs

A Dunedin student's quest to study the brown tree frog is missing one important ingredient - frogs.